Having an air conditioner issue, especially in summer, will likely be a little but very constraining detail. In the city centre, you willingly open the windows of your Audi Q3 to let in air, but once you get on fast roads, it almost instantly becomes complicated.
It could very well sometimes blow hot air even though you asked it cold air, or it may well work intermittently.
You might not want to pay repair costs without finding out if you may possibly do it by yourself to repair your Audi Q3.
The goal of this article is to help you determine these possible problems in order to solve them as quickly as possible.
First, we will try to aim for the symptoms you figure out on the air conditioning failure of your Audi Q3.
Different symptoms on your Audi Q3 air conditioner
You realize that it is no longer effective, for example:
It works initially to finally only give back moisture and run out very very fast, or it works but with a really long time to cool effectively. Or even simpler, it just does not cool down anymore.
First thing to think about at this point on your Audi Q3, it is very likely that the gas charge is too short. This may mean that there is a probable leak in the circuit. If this were the case, we really encourage you to seek the advice of a specialist and not do this on your own, it carries great risks for your Audi Q3 and more importantly your own health.
This factor is partly due to the wear and tear of time, but also to the quality of your air conditioning system. To put it simply, if you have a top quality car, you are in theory much less bothered with this type of problem.
Also make sure you keep the air conditioning in good condition all year round.
What does that mean? Plainly use it from time to time for short moments throughout the year, which helps to avoid a “rust” of the system on your Audi Q3. It consumes slightly more fuel, but since replacing your air conditioning system is much more expensive, you profit in the long run.
Different problems on your Audi Q3 air conditioner
Now let’s look at some of the issues you may face on your Audi Q3. Remember that your air conditioner system is a very elaborate system, made up of a multitude of parts that can potentially lead to failure.
First, as mentioned above, you may have a gas leak and as a result no pressure in the system.
Also, it is therefore possible that your compressor is out of order. Same observation as above, it is no longer possible to compress the gas, as a result no more pressure in the system.
Attached to this compressor of your Audi Q3, a pulley allows it to rotate. If this one were to stop working, a chain reaction would take place with the compressor stopping, and so as mentioned above, no gas compression, no pressure…
We realize here that everything is linked and that each piece has a crucial importance, just like a chain work, a single missing link and the entire chain is stopped.
Another sensitive point, still on the theme of pressure, if by chance a too high pressure was felt in the circuit, a sensor will then be turned on in order to stop the operation for basic safety. We can imagine here the work of a protection fuse on the electrical circuit of your Audi Q3.
About the temperature sensor, there may also be a failure. Just imagine that it is no longer able to determine the temperature of the inside of your Audi Q3. As a result, it does not detect what to give the computer as data, which will lead to the air conditioning being switched off as a result of the lack of consistent data to be processed. Here again the air conditioning will have been turned off by the computer for safety reasons in order to avoid improbable situations, for example, where it is considered hot in your Audi Q3 and sends cold when it is the opposite.
If you were to use a professional, here is an idea of the prices you would have to pay:
Let’s imagine that you reload your air conditioning with gas, it varies from 40 to 60€.
If, on the other hand, you had to change your compressor, it would cost about 350€ new, much less expensive second-hand, around 150€.
So here is a set of problems you might face on your Audi Q3, as you thought, in most cases it is better to call on a specialist to avoid potentially serious accidents. Remember that in the case of air conditioning, you handle compressed gas that is dangerous if you are not careful.
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